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Old 07-24-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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Default Legal to bring rifle into a Wilderness Area for bear defense?

I'm going to Montana in the next month, Bob Marshall Wilderness. I have my Handgun carry permit, but I was wondering if it is legal to bring a rifle into a wilderness area, loaded, for self defense, not during hunting season.

I will be bringing my .44 magnum, but was just curious if I could bring my 45-70 as well

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Old 07-24-2013, 04:46 PM   #2
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your best bet for getting accurate update information is contact Montana fish and game directly. To find THAT information, Google is your friend.



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Thanks, I'll probably call eventually. I'm expecting to get the whole "bear spray" talk.

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You can have a rifle in Wilderness Areas pretty much any time you want.

The only time you might get any grief is DURING hunting season, when the Game & Fish might consider possession of a hunting-caliber rifle as evidence of actually hunting.

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I used to guide in the Great Bear Wilderness and a few sq. miles of the Bob Marshall area. I don't care what the law is I won't enter a spot like that without one of my .44 mags or .454 casull. I'd wear it in a shoulder holster hidden under something but I'm not gonna be totally helpless in a place like that.

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Sure, a wilderness area is just another piece of land owned my we the people!! I've been hunting in the Marshall and I would never go there without a rifle or slug shotgun for protection. I sure wouldn't rely on a handgun for protection from a pissed off grizzly

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I would bring a shotgun with slugs if it is legal.



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